On July 14, 2002 Dayton Daily News reported that "prayers from... a variety
of Christian denominations routinely open governmental meetings in the
Miami Valley [in Ohio]... [But] a Xenia councilwoman is inviting Muslims, Hindus and representatives from
other faiths to do the same... 'This is America' Patricia Felton said. 'We need to make that opportunity
available to anyone who wants to speak'... Likewise in Columbus, the majority of those who lead the prayers for state
legislators are Christians, but in recent years several...
On July 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Interfaith
Association of Central Ohio... and the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio
Bicentennial Commission are planning [a new] book, Religion in Ohio: Over 200 Years
of Experiences... As the state approaches 200, Christian and Jewish bodies remain prominent,
but now they have plenty of company. [The] book for Ohio's bicentennial in 2003
also will discuss the beliefs of American Indians, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus,
Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and...
On June 21, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the Jain Forum for Friendship in California where "more than 150 eligible men and women - all
followers of Jainism, an Indian religion with strict interpretations of
pacifism, ecological awareness, and vegetarianism - came to mix and mingle in
Long Beach on a recent weekend at the first Jains singles conference... 'This is for our generation, which is caught between cultures,' said Komal
Shah, 28, co-chair of the Jain Forum for Friendship...
The meeting was...
On June 8, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "this weekend the Jain Center of Greater Boston will welcome hundreds [of]
people to celebrate Pratistha Mahotsava, the ceremonial consecration and
installation of two marble statues at the Cedar Street temple [in Norwood, MA] they have occupied
since 1981. A variety of public cultural events are set for this weekend,
including a vegetarian dinner and dance performances and speakers at Sharon High
School... The center has grown not through evangelism, but immigration. The group was...
On June 8, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "at a time when India and Pakistan are again on the verge of war, immigrants from
those countries have found in Minnesota a home where friendship can supplant
hatred... Which isn't to say that issues of religion and nationalism don't
sometimes intervene. But the unifying threads of language, food, music and
culture often transcend those issues... Indians and Pakistanis began making the Twin Cities home after 1965,
when immigration laws were relaxed... The most recent influx has...
On May 27, 2002 the Sacramento Bee reported that "the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving to stem the rise
of workplace discrimination against Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs.
The EEOC has instituted a new data base code... [to] track the number of charges received by members of these groups who believe
they are experiencing what the agency calls 'backlash discrimination' as a
result of the events of Sept. 11...
On May 10, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch reported "Group Unites Eight Faiths for Mutual Enlightenment." It reported on the efforts of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio: "Members of the 17-year-old association think that the community's religious tolerance, though a good start, isn't enough. 'We need to move beyond that to understanding and respect,' said Tarunjit Butalia, a spokesman for the association and representative of the Sikh community." The article noted that "The association also benefits from having been...
On February 1, 2002 The Oregonian featured an editorial on a meeting in Clatskanie, OR that was "sponsored by a Portland-based Zen Buddhist group, the Zen Community of Oregon, to explain its plans to remodel a former elementary school into a monastery and seminary. But many objected
to adding the Zen sanctuary to the community's eight churches... 'Our goal is to protect those that have not yet accepted Christ,' said Loren Dummer, the Assembly of God pastor. He worried that that the Zen Buddhists, who are not evangelical, would try to...
On December 23, 2001, The Hartford Courant featured the editorial "My Fake Christmas" by Sonia Shah, the daughter of immigrants from India, and a member of the Jain religion. "There are 3 million followers of the Jain religion worldwide... As the Jain daughter of Indian immigrants growing up in suburban Connecticut," Shah and her siblings "yearned" for Chritsmas celebration and so every year her Jain parents provided the family with e tree, presents, and other festivities.
On September 24, 2001, the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington's web site highlighted fundraising efforts for victims of the September 11 attacks. "We encourage you all to donate generously. Our country needs the support of every individual. Many of us have given donations for the Gujarat Earthquake Relief but now this tragedy has happened in our country, and its time for us to help our fellow citizens...
We have placed a Bandhar in the Temple for receiving donations to help the victim's families of WTC and Pentagon attack...JAINA has...
On July 28, 2001, the Messenger-Inquirer reported on
the growing religious diversity in the Bible Belt.
"About 200 Jains and about as many Sikhs live in west-central Kentucky and Tennessee now...
Bowling Green has 2,000 actively practicing Muslims, mostly Bosnian immigrants...
Nashville has about 24,000 Hispanics, compared to 2,700 a decade ago." Thomas Russell
In its summer 2001 issue, Jain Digest reported that "Jains of North America made history on May 22, 2001 [when they]...received the unprecedented recognition and honor of delivering a prayer in the US House of Representatives" in celebration of the 2600th birthday of Lord Mahavir, the last of the revered Jinas who spread the Jain message. "After the prayer, congressman Frank Pallone, Jr....paid tribute to the Jain philosophy of non-violence."
On July 1, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle
reported on "William Claassen, a self-described
pilgrim.'...Claassen spent 2 1/2 years traveling around the
world, visiting 40 monasteries in 12 countries. He broke bread with Greek
Orthodox monks on Mount Athos, walked with Catholic brothers in Spain, watched
whirling dervishes in Turkey, meditated with Zen monks in Japan and sat at the
feet of Hindu gurus and Jain pujaris in India."
On May 22, 2001, Newsday reported that "evidence of the explosive growth of Queens' Indian population is showing up in
neighborhoods across the borough, way beyond the borders of the community's
historical base in Jackson Heights...The population growth is welcomed by Indian community and religious leaders
who have learned that higher population numbers can be translated into a
stronger political base, better social services and wider opportunities for